So 2018 is here at last and many people will be thinking about a New Year’s resolution. I wrote about some of the research in this area a few years ago. I had also given a talk about productivity and after doing some reading around the subject there are two actions that can increase the chance of staying on track with an intended goal.
- To write down the goal
- To share the goal with others
Utilising these insights I then experimented with social media. I reasoned that if I wrote my intended goals down and shared them with others, this would increase the chances of staying on track and would also offer others insights into how effective this was. In the first year I intended not to tweet until I had exercised.
There were two main reasons for this choice
- In medicine there is advocacy for a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and therefore the above actions offered a rather basic case study highlighting the interaction with other factors.
- This offered a healthy balance to the sedentary use of Twitter (I have previously written about the sedentary risks associated with Twitter in a book chapter*)
After a year of this I was pleased with the results and added the second rule that I should publish a blog before tweeting (not counting tweets about exercising). Again I was pleased with the results.
So this year I am setting out three new year’s resolutions to be utilised on days when I am tweeting.
1. That I should identify one new (to me) resource for research
2. That I should identify one new (to me) resource for technology in mental health
3. That I should take one (small) step in the development of software to organise the above resources.
The third point is rather obscure but is necessary in order to better manage these resources.
If you have any New Year’s resolutions good luck to you!
*What is the Impact of Twitter? Roman Espejo. Greenhaven Press. 2013. Chapter 1.
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